The Flying Scotsman is one of the most iconic and famous steam locomotives in the world and in 2023 this magnificent marvellous piece of engineering is celebrating is 100th year anniversary.
A Brief Summery
Built in 1923 Flying Scotsman was part of the A3 class of locomotives and was the LNERs flagship locomotive at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924 and 1925.
In 1928, the Flying Scotsman was the first locomotive to haul the first non-stop Flying Scotsman express service from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh.
In 1934, the Flying Scotsman became officially the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph, although many believe that GWR 3440 City of Truro reached the same speed in 1904, but it was not officially recorded.
In January 1963, the Flying Scotsman was withdrawn from service and was bought by railway enthusiast Alan Pegler and the ownership lasted between 1963-1972 and included a visit to the United States as part of promoting British exports.
In 1973, the Flying Scotsman returned to the United Kingdom (My Grandad was the captain of the ship when Flying Scotsman returned to The UK) and was bought by Sir William McAlpine and the ownership lasted between 1973-1995 and during that time the locomotive visited Australia for the Aus Steam festival in 1988 and during its time in Australia and broke the world record for longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive, 422 miles.
Flying Scotsman returned to the United Kingdom in late 1989 and run plenty of rail tours for enthusiasts to see including the famous Orient Express Pullman Train.
In 1996, the Flying Scotsman was bought by Tony Marchington and the ownership lasted between 1996-2004.
In 2004, the Flying Scotsman was bought by the National Railway Museum it is owned by them to this very day. It underwent major restoration between 2006-2016. In 2016 the locomotive returned to the mainline for the first time in 11 years.
Flying Scotsman is painted in British Railways Brunswick Green with the British Railways late crest.
The set includes over 700 pieces
It includes 3 minifigures, Designer Sir Nigel Gresley, Driver Bill Sparshatt and Fireman R.Webster.
The measurements are 19.3x43.7x12.0 centimetres.
The Locomotive includes Power Functions in the tender.